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We are lucky to have so many outdoor scenic areas to explore in Derby. Here are our top recommendations on the most picturesque parks to explore:

Darley Park

Darley Park is a large, picturesque and popular park situated within walking distance of the city centre. It is situated on the River Derwent and acts as the gateway to the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

It hosts many major events throughout the year, including the classical Darley Park Concert. It really does have something to offer for everyone – a nature reserve, cricket and rowing clubs, beautiful butterfly gardens and the largest hydrangea collection in the UK. It is a popular destination with dog walkers, and the sweet little café makes for a lovely break during a long walk.

Darley Park truly is a peaceful place to escape the city life.

Derby Arboretum

The Derby Arboretum was the first specially designed public park in Britain. Joseph Strutt commissioned and donated the park for the benefit of citizens of Derby in 1840. The intention was a botanical tree garden for instruction as well as leisure.

John Claudius Loudon designed, constructed and planted the gardens, while EB Lamb designed the two Tudor style lodges. Some of the trees are listed on the British Isles Tree Register, a catalogue of notable trees in the country recorded by the Forestry Commission.

The Arboretum is extremely picturesque with a fine collection of trees, and is Grade II* listed – a must see!

Markeaton Park

Markeaton Park on the outskirts of Derby is Derbyshire's biggest and most visited park. It offers rowing boats, mini golf, an outside pool area, duck feeding areas and an amazing play area for kids including a pirate ship! On the grounds there is also The Craft Village which houses a range of little shops and the cafe, called The Orangery which is set in an old stable yard – extremely pretty!

But behind the modern day park lays a fascinating history that is waiting to be discovered. The park as we know it today can be traced back to the medieval period, when the first park was laid out. Over the following centuries the park went through many changes, from arable fields to an enclosed designed 18th century park and hall and finally at the beginning of the 20th century into the public park of today. The park has many features that mark this history: ancient veteran trees, historic lost roads, old arable field patterns, the 18th century park and buildings and the remains of a Second World War army camp!

There are plenty of great parks to explore in Derby.

Looking for Accommodation in Derby?

When booking your next stay in Derby why not book with Pride Apartments.

Some of the benefits:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free Netflix
  • Free, gated car parking onsite
  • Complimentary drinks
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Spacious
  • Comfy beds
  • Work areas
  • Fully equipped kitchens

If you’re interested in staying in Derby and need some spacious accommodation, give Jas at Pride Apartments a call on 01332 5100, or email, as you will get the best price if you Book Direct.

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